Review: ‘In This Our Life’

Story, adapted from the novel by Ellen Glasgow, displays the ruthless and selfish personality of Bette Davis and its impress on other members of her family. She lies, cheats and steals to gain her ends; and, when cornered, schemes her way out. As the yarn opens she woos and steals her sister's husband, eloping with him to Baltimore.

Story, adapted from the novel by Ellen Glasgow, displays the ruthless and selfish personality of Bette Davis and its impress on other members of her family. She lies, cheats and steals to gain her ends; and, when cornered, schemes her way out. As the yarn opens she woos and steals her sister’s husband, eloping with him to Baltimore.

John Huston, in his second directorial assignment, provides deft delineations in the varied characters in the script. Davis is dramatically impressive in the lead but gets major assistance from Olivia de Havilland, George Brent, Dennis Morgan, Billie Burke and Hattie McDaniel.

Script succeeds in presenting the inner thoughts of the scheming girl, and carries along with slick dialog and situations. Strength is added in several dramatic spots by Huston’s direction.

In This Our Life

Production

Warner. Director John Huston; Producer Hal B. Wallis (exec.); Screenplay Howard Koch; Camera Ernest Haller; Editor William Holmes; Music Max Steiner; Art Director Robert Haas

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Bette Davis Olivia de Havilland George Brent Dennis Morgan Charles Coburn Hattie McDaniel
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